Throw away those hiking boots!!! A short paper questioning the need for hiking boots. During my time at Lakehead I have come to realize that most people in the recreation industry, in the name of safety and professionalism, tend to wear rigid hiking boots with soles that could swipe the […]
Tree Canopy–Hammock Sessions Cartwright Brewery. Registration: FULL
“It isn’t everyone who can step into the woods armed with nothing more than a pocket knife and their own wits and have the skills needed to survive. Chad Clifford is one of the few true remaining wilderness men – possessing the skills and knowledge to not only make primitive […]
One of the wonders of bushcraft and nature lore is how it brings out the inner survivalist in us! New skills and interactions have us explore challenging yet accessible activities. Many activities can be explored in any season for afternoon or multi-day activities. Inquire for customized possibilities!
“awesome recording Chad – nice and clear, love the sound of the Bittern sucking in air!” Marc Anderson (Wild Ambience)
“Chad Woodsman, fire maker and over-all Wildman Extraordinare! Many thanks for all your help on the Bare Necessities; and for the wealth of traditional knowledge that you had at your disposal.” Hugh McManners: S.A.S., Military survival skills trainer, author: best-seller ‘Outdoor Survival Guide‘ ‘Ultimate Special Forces‘ ‘Forgotten Voices Falklands War’ […]
I am at Fulton’s Pancake House every weekend and through March Break doing various bush craft and maple camp demos along side various activities such as horse pulled sled rides; face painting; live music; trails; interpretation in maple sap processing camp and more. For my part, I will be on the expanded […]
Earth Skills Gathering @ Blueberry Mtn. from Chad Clifford on Vimeo. We had a superb 3-day gathering with a wide assortment of skills and hobbies being shared.
2016 June 24-26th Blueberry Mountain Skills Weekend It is free (almost–just to cover some admin and supplies). A time and place to learn from one another. All instruction is offered by participants and we have some very talented ones…and beginners too. This video showcases the property we will be on […]
Hope you are having a great spring so far! Last year a few folks got together to camp out for the weekend and try some bushcraft skills. The general idea was to consider having events where we can get together informally and share skills from diverse backgrounds–novice to advanced. We […]
Join us for the season opener of my new series of bushcraft and nature lore courses. Reduced rate if you bring a friend (spouse etc.) and extra day included too! Date: April 30 and May 7-8 Cost: $265 (regularly $350) Call (613) 259-0249 or e-mail now to get started. This […]
The rental or purchase is done thru Vimeo. I have a 50% off code to give out this week to anyone who wishes to have a discount…contact me for code. Traditional Spirit: A Guide to Crafting a Wooden Bow from Chad Clifford on Vimeo.
Explore the World of Animal Tracks Night!
Chad Clifford on soundscaping: listening to the orchestra of the wild (as posted on The Millstone) Photo Tania Marsh TKMarsh.com NOTE 1: Chad will be dong an “Exploring the World of Animal Tracks” talk in Almonte at Gilligallou on the 17th. (tickets available in-store) NOTE 2: The following is […]
Aerial Imagery of Blueberry Mountain The woods I run most of my courses out of…75 minutes West of Kanata (Ottawa). by Kyle Starcher
Greetings, It has been a while since I posted on my website so I thought I would let you know what we have been up to. Between soundscaping, bushcaft and survival courses, classroom teaching contracts and days, a new bushcraft gathering at Blueberry Mtn., some travel, making new friends and […]
Hope all has been well and more this summer for everyone! A few folks are hoping to get together here on the weekend of October 16-18 with the idea of exploring earth skills (bushcraft, permaculture…whatever). No schedule, just get like minded folks together, share, hike, learn, or hang out by […]
September 16th 2015. Chad Clifford and Mary Vanderhoff Lake 88 radio interview on Soundscapes: link to Lake 88 page and interview mp3 recording of interview Note the dates and times later September and October to join us for walks on land trusts and have a listen to soundscape set-ups.
Bushcraft demo’s at Pinhey’s Point (Dunrobin area on the Ottawa River) For those of you who made it, thanks for dropping by the last couple of sessions at Pinhey’s Point Park. I actually had one person create a bow and drill fire after a short lesson…very unusual to get on […]
Interested in a Bushcraft Course: August 6,7,8,9 Been a busy summer! I have interested people for a 4 day bushcraft course in August. This is my general course that offers an excellent base of skills that can be practiced and expanded upon for many years. It is designed […]
Spring is here! Check out this fun bushcraft: For training of outdoor education staff and individuals looking for survival and wilderness skills, here feel free to get in touch.
Explore the World of Animal Tracks–this Wednesday! Soundscapes A Walk Through Time Chad and Fulton’s Pancake House staff are busy placing the finishing touches on the Heritage Maple Path (at Fulton’s pancake house and sugarbush). Aboriginal and primitive methods of sap to syrup such as heated stones in hollowed logs […]
Something to consider for archers! The old way of handling arrows. Will certainly be mentioning this to future bow making students. Book referenced in video is “Arab Archery, healing an Arabic Manuscript of about A.D. 1500… .” I believe Ishi also used a similar arrow-on-right method. If you are not […]
26 people attended. The keynote speaker Len Dickinson offered a great and well rounded presentation on hunting, conservation, and enjoying the outdoors. Some interesting issues were discussed along with videos and slide show. Bill Barrett had some great stories on snaring squirrels. At this point we were all treated to […]
Busy this weekend? JANUARY 10th – ( Hunting Day at Blueberry Mountain )- The club is planning an educational hunting day in the indoor months. The keynote speaker will be Len Dickinson who is a local published author and accomplished hunter and outdoorsmen. Among Len’s many credentials are a B.A. […]
“Mysteries of Survival” is a video I used to show in some of my classes. It once aired on CBC “Wild Docs” from a National Geographic film. I believe it can be ordered on-line. From description: It is a mystery that scientists are determined to solve. Why do some people […]
Fishnets During Winter Introduction During my stay in the arctic I had the pleasure of helping Bill Cooper with his nets. This short article briefly describes what I learned about placing nets under the ice. Throughout the winter, a valuable source of food and protein can be had from fish. […]
Your vote requested! The LandTrust charity (Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust Conservancy) is having some good fortune with grant money for its soundscape projects. On a Shell grant, sick we can up our amount to 50K with more support in votes. This is for biological monitoring of protected areas, education outreach and […]
Making nocks for your bow. This is taken from a full length bow making video (Traditional Spirit: A guide to Crafting a Wooden Bow https://vimeo.com/ondemand/bowmaking). Learn how to quickly make nocks for your new bow.
Come out to the fundraiser I will have my Inuit kayak, capsule caribou clothing, mind bows and more at my booth. Drop by say hello!
LAKE 88 Radio Feb 12 2013 on Survival/Tracking Day Listen to Peter Fischl and Chad Clifford on LAKE 88 Feb 12 2013
Highlands Wilderness man teaches primitive skills by Amy Hogue EMC News – It isn’t everyone who can step into the woods armed with nothing more than a pocket knife and their own wits and have the skills needed to survive. Chad Clifford is one of the few true remaining wilderness […]
Survival Bush BackPack Video
Bow and Drill fire Materials Finding Materials for a bow and drill survival fire.
3-D Tournament with primitive bows
Animal Tracking Part 2: Common gait patterns Identifying tracks to a certain species is much easier if you first look for certain clues. Those clues are not usually found in the track. Only 1 in 100 tracks show clear detail (like toes or nail marks). By far, symptoms the two […]
A research paper on: Nature-based events that incorporate musicBy Chad Clifford This article is a shortened version of my graduate thesis–completed at the University of Alberta. I used a generic html converter to create this page–hence, the titles and format are not ideal. Abstract This phenomenological study explores […]
Choosing a Wilderness Program: Wilderness Survival, Traditional, or Primitive Skills There are many types of wilderness experiences and training available to you. Don’t worry, I am not about tell you that you have found the ‘right’ or the ‘best’ spot–‘look no further.’ If you find a site making such claims, […]
How brace-height affects a bow’s energy and why a recurved stores more energy Originally published in Archery Focus: USA’s official olympic magazine. What gets accomplished when an amateur bow-maker and a techno-weenie get together during the cold Christmas holidays in Canada? Well in this case, they designed a device that […]
Fun With Blacksmithing: Making a bushcraft knife More of Chad’s Videos on YouTube…
See my video on making a traditional bow. Well, really, it is a combination of designs, More of Chad’s Videos on YouTube…
Chad’s flute music is played during a slideshow of nature photographs(photo’s by Tania Marsh & Chad Clifford).
Leather, No-stitch, Knife Case When I first I came across this design on the internet, I was struck at the simplicity of it and the fact that I had never seen such an obviously witty design in use before. The design was offered by Bill Scherer (posted with Bill’s permission […]
Lampwick Harness for Snowshoes: A simple and bush-savvy method. Whether you prefer traditional or hi-tech snowshoes, knowing how to make your own binding is important in the case of a broken buckle or strap. However, this is the binding I use all the time and for good reason–it is the most […]
Birch Bark Knife Case I have experimented with birch bark cases for various knives and ended up with a design that incorporates a belt loop. This is the most versatile design and the one I favour. Of course, sildenafil there is no limit to where one could go with birch bark cases. […]
Learn to Track SeriesPart One: Before You Go! Bobcat in mud (front right):All of the cats have very largeheel pads and no claw marksshowing in the track. Tracking is a doorway to a greater understanding of the wilderness. It teaches you to become knowledgeable of the local flora, fauna, […]
Ancient Sink-Hole We came across this hole in the woods the other day. It is along an ancient stream bed (not far from a current creek). Three holes near to each other. The other two are mostly filled in with trees growing out of them. This hole is 4-5 feet […]
Mookamon Choosing a campknife–my thoughts Introduction Mookamon is the Cree-Ojibwe term for knife. Almost every traditional or primitive skills enthusiast I know has something to say about knives, whether its of their own collection, or the nice one that so and so owns. On this page, I will offer some […]
Leisure time in the outdoors Pure leisure-time involves the freedom to: explore without constraints, viagra sale limits, search time or schedule. While in the wilderness then, health experiencing leisure is similar to getting side-tracked. It is these unplanned side-tracks that make the experience more dynamic and exciting. Side-tracks open up […]
A short paper questioning the need for hiking boots. During my time at Lakehead I have come to realize that most people in the recreation industry, in the name of safety and professionalism, tend to wear rigid hiking boots with soles that could swipe the face off mother earth with […]
Bonding to nature: through the practice of primitive wilderness skills By Chad Clifford Introduction As a teenager, having already enjoyed years of diverse outdoor recreations, I became eager to understand nature at a more personal level. The types of outdoor recreations (e.g., backpacking, skiing, winter camping etc.) I participated in […]
Natural Fibre Rope Natural cordage display. Species shown include: Birch; Cat-tail; Cedar; Sisal; Hide; Willow; Goldenrod; Dogbane; Milkweed; Primrose; Cedar/Bullrush; Bullrush On this page, I will briefly disscuss natural fibre cordage. I do not intend to offer step by step instructions. Also included are a few photographs of good cordage […]
Ask the Tracker Guy! Since no real TRACKER GUY is available to answer your questions, allow me to join in on your mystery and to throw a couple of suggestions around. Besides, what other phrase could I use for the title of this page? After a few years of hosting […]
“He’s making fire!” Stittsville school-kids visit the Learning Centre (First posted: March 21, diagnosis 2012 in EcoWellness Centre) The weather was gorgeous, story and everyone had a great hike while learning some wilderness lore with Chad Clifford, decease the centre’s Homeschool Wilderness teacher. Below are some pictures taken on the trail (thanks to […]
Archived Articles From my days with Alba Wilderness School Nature’s Classroom By Yvonne Jeffery Hope, The Ottawa Citizen Saturday 22 May 1999 Also in The Calgary Herald Alba Wilderness School in the Lanark Highlands teaches largely forgotten skills needed not only to survive in the wilderness, but to reconnect with […]